Monday, October 21, 2013

Your Dough is My Dough: Halloween Playdough

Much like stores have already started stocking Christmas decorations, we've been all over mom to get Halloween decorations for months now. She promised that as soon as our house wasn't all done up like a knight's castle, we could get started. But we kept after her. So she came up with some Halloween playdough -- we'd get some spooky playtime without having to hang it all over the house. We did convince her to purchase a few Halloweeny items ahead of time, though, so we were able to use those while we played. Cam made scary cookies and I made Frankenstein gingerbread men, complete with fuzzy hair (pipecleaners) and neck electrodes (beads). We filled little cauldrons with yucky, sticky frogs and snakes. And we loved the pumpkin pie smell of the dough, too.

Here's how to make our Halloween dough:

- 4 cups flour
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- orange and black food coloring
- gold glitter (you don't have to use glitter, but mom embraces Halloween as another excuse to use the sparkly stuff)

Combine ingredients through pumpkin pie spice and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until most of the moisture is absorbed (it will take a bit). Let it cool on some wax paper. Divide the batch into halves -- color one half orange and the other black. Work in a healthy dose of glitter -- don't worry, the dough will hold it and keep it from sparkling your entire house. Play!

No comments: